Selecting and Installing Energy-Efficient Windows to Improve Dwelling Sustainability

Avi Friedman, Morgan Matheson

Abstract

Windows play a significant role in achieving comfort in buildings by letting in natural light, solar warmth, fresh air and permitting outdoor views. On the other hand, poor quality windows can be the source of overheating or unwanted infiltration or exfiltration of air. Quality windows, therefore, influence the dwelling’s energy consumption and consequently its sustainability. Heat losses through the building envelope can occur in any of three mechanisms: conduction, convection and radiation. In all cases, windows are the “weakest link”. As such, windows represent the most important investment in the construction or renovation of any dwelling. They are also highly variable in price, appearance and performance, making their selection an ambiguous and sometimes difficult process. This paper examines a window unit’s energy performance and provides guidelines for its selection, installation and integration into the home’s design.


Keywords

windows; energy-efficient; heat loss; air leakage; condensation; glazing

Full Text:

PDF

References

Adams, M. Seasonal Affective Disorder Sufferers Need Natural Sunlight, Not Antidepressants or Artificial Light. Natural News. http://www.naturalnews.com/001541 .html. 2004

Baker-Laporte, P., E. Elliot, and J. Banta. Prescriptions for a Healthy House: A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders and Homeowners. Gabriola Island, BC, Canada: New Society Publishers. 2001

Efficient Windows Collaborative. Improving or Replacing Windows in Existing Homes. http://www.efficientwindows.org /homesexisting.cfm. 2010

Foster, R. W. and J. Whitten. Rain Screens Help Keep Water Out. FacilitiesNet.

http://www.facilitiesnet.com/windowsexteriorwalls/article/Rain-Screens-Help-Keep-Water-Out--8386. 2008

Gonzalo, R. and K. J. Habermann. Energy-Efficient Architecture: Basics for Planning and Construction. Boston: Birkhauser. 2006. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783034608626

Harvey, L. D. D. A Handbook on Low-Energy Buildings and District-Energy Systems: Fundamentals, Techniques, and Examples. Sterling, VA: Earthscan. 2006

Ireland, J. Residential Planning and Design. New York: Fairchild Publications. 2007

Jones, L. Environmentally Responsible Design: Green and Sustainable Design for Interior Designers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. 2008

Keeler, M. and B. Burke. Fundamentals of Integrated Design for Sustainable Building. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. 2009

Kwok, A. G. and W. T. Grondzik. The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design. Amsterdam: Elsevier Architectural Press. 2007

Mintz, J. Building Integrated Photovoltaic Windows and Tiles Generate Electricity. How to Save Electricity. http://www.howtosaveelectricity.net/building-integrated-photovoltaic/. 2009

NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council). About NFRC. http://www.nfrc.org/ about.aspx. 2005

Prowler, D. Sun Control and Shading Devices. Whole Building Design Guide. (WBDG). http://www.wbdg.org/resources/ suncontrol.php. 2008

Schaeffer, J. The Real Goods Solar Living Yearbook: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living. 12th ed. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers. 2005

Smith, P. Architecture in a Climate of Change: A Guide to Sustainable Design. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 2005

Smith, P. Sustainability at the Cutting Edge: Emerging Technologies for Low-Energy Buildings. Amsterdam: Elsevier. 2007

Wenz, P. S. Baby, It’s Warm Inside, Thanks to Insulated Shutters. SFGate.com http://articles.sfgate.com/2008-01-19/home-and-garden/17151090_1_insulation-shutters-foam. 2008

Winchip, S. M. Sustainable Design for Interior Environments. New York: Fairchild Publications. 2007

Abstract Views

211
Metrics Loading ...

Metrics powered by PLOS ALM

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.




Licencia Creative Commons This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Universitat Politècnica de València

e-ISSN: 2444-9091 http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/vitruvio